Welcome to our first newsletter of the year as we head towards the 2019 season, hoping that it will be every bit as exciting and successful as last year.
Come on Aussie, come on …
Guildford have recruited Queensland U19 captain Angus Lovell as our overseas player for the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship campaign, when the side will be back in the Premier Division after promotion last year.
Angus is a top-order batsman – the leading run-scorer at Australian U17 level, breaking a record which had stood for 35 seasons – and also bowls off-spin.
At Queensland he is working with former Surrey (and England ODI) captain Adam Hollioake, who is part of the state’s coaching team.
Angus is due to join us at the start of the season and we look forward to welcoming him to Woodbridge Road.
Who’s in charge?
All the captains and managers for the coming season have been confirmed and they are – club captain/Saturday 1st team: Tom Collins; 2nd team: Chris Coombs; 3rd team: Cameron Green; 4th team: Ahmed Hussain; U21s: James McMillan; Surrey Championship T20: Jack Cunningham; U19 T20: Matty Stephenson; Surrey Slam: Rav Garcha.
Ladies – 1st team manager: Katherine Robson; 2nd team captain: Vicky Derman.
Junior managers – U9 boys: Tony Hunt; U10: Nick Gooding; U11: Nick Tearle; U12: Angela Armstrong & James Gover; U13: Matthew Finnegan; U14: Alistair Brew; U15: Neil Garrett; U17: Chris Perceval. Girls U13 & U15: Charley Teale. Contact details for each of the teams can be found on the club website at guildfordcc.com/junior-cricket/junior-cricket-managers/.
There’s a new-look to pre-season with the first team opening their programme of friendlies by visiting Charterhouse on Good Friday April 19 (1pm). The school are coached by one of our most distinguished graduates, Martin Bicknell, and in recent years have featured current Guildford first team players Jonny Charles and George Barlow.
A day later (April 20) brings matches for all three sides against Basingstoke (first team at home, rest away at May’s Bounty). On April 27 the first and third teams travel to Championship second division side Dorking, with the seconds at home, and on May 4 the firsts host first division Normandy (12pm), the seconds travelling and the thirds at home on Stoke Rec.
Before the friendlies start, our first outdoor practice session is scheduled for Saturday April 6, from 10-1pm. Food will be on offer afterwards with a work party following.
The club’s general committee has two newcomers, Rajeev Sanwalka taking over as treasurer from Rob Sweet – who has done a magnificent job bolstering the finances over a long period – and Nick Gooding supervising governance and Clubmark. Club members will doubtless get an early opportunity to meet Rajeev when they pay their subscriptions.
A new social committee has been formed by David & Justine McMillan and Rob & Kathryn Sweet and they are preparing a programme of events.
Grounds for optimism
A new team led by Lee Fortis – head groundsman at the Kia Oval since 2012 – have taken over at Woodbridge Road and their work is already paying dividends on both the square and the outfield. Last year Lee won the ECB Bernard Flack Memorial Trophy for producing the best County Championship pitches in the country.
During the winter months, a small team led by Tim Walter have been researching and identifying pictures to feature in the pavilion, in conjunction with Surrey CCC. There will be a new catering team in place for the start of the season.
The exterior of the ground has also taken on a fresh look with the erection of a new perimeter fence on the Woodbridge Road side of the ground.
U10s manager Nick Gooding reports that his youngsters are back in the nets at Royal Grammar School on Sunday afternoons. They are training well and looking forward to the new season, when they will be playing hard-ball cricket for the first time. Newcomers are welcome – they must have been under 10 on September 1 2018 to be eligible – while girls under 12 on the same date also qualify for the team. Nick can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great enthusiasm is also being shown by the parents as demonstrated by two mums heading off to Horsley and Send CC for training on a scoring app and one dad is on an umpiring course.
See the remaining Winter Nets schedule
Subscriptions can be paid through Pitchero.
Fancy a bargain?
A sale of second-hand cricket kit at Friday night junior nets at Woodbridge Road at the beginning of the season is being organised. The date has yet to be finalised but please start collecting anything that you might like to sell or donate. We are also liaising with Surrey CCC for surplus kit so that we can make a donation to young cricketers in this country and abroad who do not have any. More details to follow. Please contact Lizzie Geffen at email@example.com if you have any queries.
Cricket week extra – July 29 to August 2
An extra event has been added to our cricket week, which starts on Monday July 29. We will be taking a team to Shackleford on Friday August 2 for a T20 match (6pm), which will be followed afterwards by drinks and a curry at the nearby Cyder House.
This year, all adult, junior and social club subscriptions are payable online through Pitchero and these are live and ready to be bought now. There has been no increase in the cost of subscriptions again this year, with seniors £120 and students £85.
Paying as early as possible is a major help to the club and means you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the season.
Fancy a slam?
If T20 cricket appeals then why not sign up for our teams in the Surrey Slam?
Guildford Grizzlies will compete in the midweek and Sunday leagues with teams comprised of Saturday second and third team players plus senior Juniors. Rav Garcha will captain both sides and their matches will be on a regional league basis, followed by a knockout with finals at the end of the season. If you fancy joining in then please send Rav an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The women’s team (Thunder) will play in their inaugural competition, a mixture of midweek and Sunday matches. More information is available from Vicky Derman by calling her on 07584 291709 or email at email@example.com.
If the musical We Will Rock You or the film Bohemian Rhapsody – which has won multiple awards – caught your imagination then put Friday September 27 into your diary.
That’s when the stars of We Will Rock You, one of the West End’s biggest musical hits, will be arriving at Woodbridge Roads to stage An Evening of Queen. It is one of several events planned for the ground and pavilion this year so please support them. Full details of the night and how to purchase tickets will be available in the coming weeks.
Festival call to arms
This year’s Guildford Cricket Festival brings us two Specsavers County Championship matches – against Somerset (June 3-6) and Yorkshire (June 10-13).
So we will be holding raffles during both matches to raise vital money for the benefit of the junior section of the club and, therefore, need double the number of prizes. If you or your company would like to donate a prize, please contact Tom Bancroft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In previous seasons, members and friends have been incredibly generous by offering us gems like Test Match and Wimbledon tennis finals tickets.
We are also on the lookout for helpers for the Festival, please contact David & Justine McMillan at email@example.com.
Guildford Beer Festival – tickets on sale 1 March 2019
The Guildford Beer Festival will be staged at Woodbridge Road on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8 and tickets will be on sale via the GBF website from 1 March 2019.
The Beer Festival features around 130 cask ales and craft keg beers sourced from around 25 independent and micro-breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. The beer line up is extremely varied, with many different ABVs, colours and different styles of beers (IPAs, best bitters, milds, porters, stouts, blonde ales, strong ales). In addition to the main beer bar, a second bar has a broad range of ciders, wines and gins from local producers along with soft drinks.
The Guildford Beer Festival also features live musical entertainment and food will be available.
Keep up to date with developments via twitter at @GuildfordBeer.
Club Sponsors, 2019